A little frustrated that my queries to LA Weekly’s “feedback” have been ignored, I gave the local rag a phone call to find out why they’re no longer publishing the crossword puzzle.
“I’m telling anyone who asks, ‘space reasons,'” was the answer editorial assistant Mehammed Mack gave me. He also confirmed that this decision was made in house, and not at the Village Voice level.
After being removed from the paper, the crosswords remained for a short time on their website, but no more. Instead, their crossword puzzle page points out the obvious: that similar puzzles can be found elsewhere on the web.
Perhaps ironic is the Weekly’s recent positive review of the documentary, Wordplay, plus their acceptance of both online and print ad space of the same film.
Mehammed Mack also suggested that anyone who wants the crosswords to return to write a letter to the editor (address below or try their feedback form). If anyone would prefer to leave a note of protest in the comments here, please do and I’ll be sure to forward notice onto the LA Weekly.